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September is National Preparedness Month

Friday, August 24, 2018

What is an emergency?National Preparedness Month 2018 Logo

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines an emergency as an unforeseen situation that:

  • Threatens employees, customers or the public
  • Disrupts or shuts down business operations
  • Causes physical or environmental damage

What is the most important thing to do in the event of an emergency?

  • Remain calm. Panicking only creates more chaos in an already tense situation.

Certain emergencies require a shelter-in-place response. What does this mean?

  • According to OSHA, shelter-in-place means “selecting an interior room or rooms within your facility, or ones with no or few windows, and taking refuge there.”
  • It may also mean “seal the room,” — in other words, take steps to prevent outside air from coming in.

The types of emergencies that might necessitate a shelter in place include:

  • An accidental or intentional release of chemical, biological or radiological contaminants into the environment
  • Weather emergencies
  • Episodes of workplace violence, specifically active shooter situations

We want our employees to be prepared should an emergency occur in our facility. What does this mean?

  • Know your work area, including the location of any flammable liquids, hazardous chemicals or electrical hazards.
  • Be aware of any dangerous vapors, dusts or fumes that can develop as a result of work processes and could pose additional hazards in an emergency situation.
  • Know the proper procedures for reporting a fire or other emergency.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the sound of our emergency alarm.
  • Know who is authorized to order an evacuation of the building.
  • Know what to do in the event of an evacuation, including which exits to use depending on your location inside of the building.
  • Know where to meet outside of the building if an evacuation is necessary.
  • Stay clear of driveways and roads to allow emergency vehicles to safely enter the area

For more information go to www.ready.gov

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